I've been obsessing over my hair for a while now. My hair has gotten a lot longer and I still don't want to get a haircut because I've been practicing on a lot of hairstyling tips for upcoming make-up trials and events. I'm extremely bored of how it looks while I still like to have my red hair, I decided to update my hair a bit.
I've asked my friends on Facebook if they would rather have me try a red hair with purple streaks? or this Ombre Hair trend. And while I am still thinking about getting purple hair for the summer, I just don't want to spend a lot of money on a Temporary Hair Dye like Manic Panic. So, Ombre Hair it is.
On to the steps:
First, you will need...
1. Hair Bleach Powder. I got mine at HBC (Hortaleza) for ₱90.
2. Oxidizing Lotion 12%. Some say it's better to use 6% but I asked the sales lady and she said this is preferred so I trusted her judgement. I also bought this at HBC for ₱30.
3. Box Dye in a darker color. I have tried and tested Revlon's dyes so I will be using them too. The color I chose was #55 Light Reddish Brown. I think this retails for about ₱350.
4. Box Dye in blonde. It is best to use the same brand and formula for both the dark color and the blonde so that we can mix them together. Revlon, ₱350.
5. Sectioning clips or ties
6. Gloves! This is important! You wouldn't want to burn your hand! Also the box dyes usually have gloves included so just use that.
7. Tissue/ Foil. For wrapping the hair while waiting for the color to develop.
8. Plastic Bowls
9. Coloring Brush
10. Fine-toothed comb
11. A protecting cape or a ratty T-shirt. Wear this because dye will stain your clothes!
Step 1: Choose the length of hair you want to bleach.
I just chose the length of my hair that is most tapered because of my layers. Sectioned it off using an elastic hair tie.
Step 2: Mixing the bleach.
I always believed that you need to use 1 pouch of bleach powder to 1 bottle of oxidizing lotion but the SA in HBC told me to use 2 bottles per 1 pouch. I don't need a lot of bleach so I just mixed 1 bottle of oxidizing lotion with half a pouch of bleach powder and mix well. It will have a very light blue color and very strong fumes so make sure you do this in a well ventilated area.
Step 3: Bleach the tips of your hair.
I let my hair air dry and this is what it looked like on the same day.
The bleached tips were not as light as I wanted and regretted not leaving the bleach longer. I thought that I should re-do the bleaching process after my hair has rested for a few weeks.
Things to keep in mind:
-Bleaching DAMAGES the hair. It really does a number on your hair and if you have previously colored your hair like I did, it would really have a dry texture after. What I do to counter balance this dryness is to use a deep conditioner every time you shampoo. I also hot oil my hair 2 times a week after this process but now I reduced it to just once a week. Since it is costly to get hot oils every week, I just do it myself using a heating cap and whatever hot oil treatment you can buy.
- Bleaching the hair without toning it would turn the hair brassy. But since toners are not sold in local beauty supply stores, I read somewhere that you can use an Ash Blonde dye to counter balance the orange-y color. In this case, I used the leftover blonde hair dye to my bleached hair to act as the toner.
Phew! Long post but if you find this too tedious to do it yourself, don't worry as some salons have already caught up with the trend. Try Azta Salon since they offer this coloring service.
Would you ever try this hair color? Let me know what you think! =)